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Relative velocity in Mean Free Path problems

  1. Nov 12, 2008 #1
    Why is average relative velocity equal to the square root of 2 times the magnitude of the x direction velocity?

    I'm trying to solve some problems that deal with gas laws from Ideal gases to the Van der Waals gases.

    Does anybody have any ideas?

    Thanks.
     
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  3. Aug 25, 2010 #2
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